An earache can be very painful, but earache remedies can help with the pain. Almost everyone gets an earache at some time in their life. Although earaches are more common in children, adults get them also.
Most earaches don’t require a doctor’s visit and clear up within 72 hours. If pain is severe, however, or if you try the earache remedies below and your condition doesn’t improve within a few days, it’s important to contact your doctor.
- Apply heat – Apply a warm compress to the affected ear for 15 to 20 minutes and it will help to relieve pain. Use a warm washcloth or a heating pad.
- Chew gum – If your ear is stopped up, try chewing gum to reduce pressure. This is very helpful to reduce ear pain when flying.
- Yawn - A yawn works similar to chewing gum, as it relieves the pressure and stopped up feeling of the affected ear.
- Pinch your nose and swallow – When you pinch your nose closed and swallow, it helps to clear your Eustachian tube and relieve pressure.
- Take a decongestant - Decongestants help to relieve a stopped up ear. It’s a good idea to take one before a flight to avoid an earache.
- Sleep in an upright position – Sleeping upright reduces pressure in your ear.
- Oil your ear – Heat up some mineral oil, olive oil or sweet oil and put a few drops in the ear. Place some cotton in the ear to keep the oil in and tilt the head so the affected ear is turned up. This is safe for earaches unless there is damage to the eardrum.
- Take a pain reliever – A pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, acetamenophin or aspirin can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Remember to never give aspirin to children, as it can cause Reye’s syndrome.
- Try tea tree oil - Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in warmed mineral oil and place a few drops in the ear. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic.
- Use hydrogen peroxide – Place a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the affected ear.
- Use your blow dryer - Blow warm air from your blow dryer into the ear for about 15 minutes.
- Swallow hard – Swallowing hard can help to unblock the eustachian tube. This is very helpful when an airplane is getting ready to land.
- Suck on candy – When you suck on candy, you are swallowing more often and reducing pressure in your ear.
- Use nasal spray – Nasal spray helps to keep the eustachian tube open.
- Blow smoke – If you know a smoker, have them blow smoke in your ear to relieve the pain. Supposedly, smoke from a menthol cigarette is the most comforting.
If your earache is severe or if you think you may have damaged your eardrum, get to your doctor right away. Otherwise, these earache remedies should bring you much needed relief from a painful or stopped up ear.
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